Residents have the opportunity to catch one this winter!
It’s That Time Of Year Again!
Louisiana residents have the opportunity to catch a rainbow trout; a beautiful fish that is non-native to Louisiana.
But interested anglers need to fish while the weather is still chilly because these beautiful gamefish will most likely not survive past early spring.
These feisty cold-water fish are stocked in the winter because they cannot survive water temperatures above 75 degrees.
Get Out and Fish For Rainbow Trout!
BREC and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have stocked public ponds throughout the state with over 6,000 lbs. of rainbow trout.
Both departments stock rainbow trout to encourage families to get out and fish.
Ponds Stocked With Rainbow Trout
East Baton Rouge Parish
Zachary Community Park – stocked on December 18, 2019
- 20055 Old Scenic Highway, Zachary
Central Sports Park – stocked on December 18, 2019
- 10501 Lovett Road, Central
Howell Community Park – stocked on December 18, 2019
- 5509 Winbourne Avenue, Baton Rouge
Forest Community Park – stocked on December 18, 2019
- 13900 South Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge
Perkins Community Park – stocked on December 18, 2019
- 7122 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge
BREC’s Burbank Park – stocked on January 21, 2020
- 12400 Burbank Dr, Baton Rouge
Sidney Hutchinson Park – stocked on January 21, 2020
- 13750 Ball Park Rd, Walker, LA 70785
Zemurray Park – stocked on January 21, 2020
- 400 S Oak St, Hammond, LA 70403
Girard Park – stocked on January 21, 2020
- 500 Girard Park Dr, Lafayette, LA 70503
Southside Regional Park –stocked on January 21, 2020
- 221 La Neuville Rd, Youngsville, LA 70592
Jefferson Davis Parish
I-10 Park – stocked on January 21, 2020
- 100 Rue de l’Acadie, Jennings, LA 70546
Beauregard Parish (Lake Charles area)
Purple Heart Memorial Park Pond – stocked on January 14, 2020
- US-190, Ragley, LA 70657
Orleans Parish (New Orleans East)
Joe Brown Park – stocked on January 21, 2020
- 5601 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127
Ouachita Parish (Monroe area)
Kiroli Park – stocked on January 14, 2020
- 820 Kiroli Rd, West Monroe, LA 71291
Webster Parish (Shreveport area)
Turner’s Pond – stocked on January 14, 2020
- 517 Lakeshore Dr, Minden, LA 71055
William T. Polk City Park Pond – stocked on January 14, 2020
- US-425, Vidalia, LA 71373
Grambling City Park Pond – stocked on January 14, 2020
- 2045 W Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Grambling, LA 71245
Elmore D. Mayfield Park – stocked on January 14, 2020
- 1701 Martin L King Dr, Ruston, LA 71270
What Bait Should I Use?
Rainbow trout are great gamefish for anglers and these stockings offer residents an opportunity to catch them in their own backyard.
These beautiful coldwater fish can be caught using both live and dead bait.
I have seen local anglers catch rainbow trout with power bait, artificial lures, spinnerbait, corn kernels, and even colored mini-marshmallows.
You can also use live bait such as minnows, worms, and nightcrawlers.
Exciting New Contest
Instead of hosting a rainbow trout fishing rodeo, this year BREC has tagged four rainbow trout at each fishing pond.
Anglers who catch a tagged fish can claim a prize from BREC’s main office at 6201 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge.
If you catch a tagged fish, take a photo of yourself and the tagged fish and email the photo to email@example.com.
Limits for Rainbow Trout
In East Baton Rouge Parish, the take-home limit for the rainbow trout is four fish per person, per day.
In all other parishes, the take-home limit is five fish per person, per day.
However, you can catch and release as many fish as you like.
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